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Welcome to our website.  Here you will find information about our church family and the ministries where God has led us to be involved.  As a church family we strive to live out our mission statement: "Love God / Follow Jesus / Do Our Part".

Our building is located at 506 S. Main Street.  You will find the parking lot is behind the building and there is an elevator on the north side of the back entrance.  (The back entrance is where the vast majority of people enter our building.) 

We hope you browse through this website and learn about our fellowship but do not hesistate to contact us if you have any questions.  If you are looking for a church home, we would love to have you be our guest.     

                                                         God's blessings to you,
                                                            Matt Ferguson, pastor




Wondering if you would "fit" at church?  Here is a good video that explains the open welcome you would receive here.   

Come dressed for the day, not just the morning.  



8:30 - 10:50 a.m. Donuts and Coffee Fellowship

     8:50 a.m. Worship Service / Contemporary Music

9:10 a.m. KidsAlive (begins after the opening songs) for children 5th grade and younger

   10:10 a.m. Bible Classes for All Ages (there are many groups for adults)

11:05 Worship Service / Traditional Format

Nursery is available for children under the age of 5 and is located on the lower level


(Jr. High youth fellowship meets at 6pm and Sr. High youth fellowship meets at 7:30pm on Wednesday.  For more information you may contact Rem Dyas, youth pastor, at or 620-214-2491, or visit our youth's facebook page at Hillsboro Cornerstone (Sr. High) and Hillsboro Lighthouse (Jr. High).



Sunday Morning Bible Classes are for all ages, including adults.  We have 3 Adult Groups meeting on Sunday morning at 10:15am  

Each group would welcome others seeking fellowship with others as you learn more about God's truth and how to live it out more fully.  The Groups are:

The Men's Group, on the lower level, corner room.  Brian Patton leads this group.

Purpose Seekers, main floor, east end room.  Joy Criner leads this group.

Faithful Followers, main floor in the library. Becky Wedekind leads this group.





Men's Wednesday Night Study Group

A group of men meet at the church on  Wednesday nights at 6:15 PM

 All men are invited and are encouraged to bring a friend.


Women's Wednesday Night Study Group

A group of women meet on Wednesday nights at 6:00 PM in the church library room (this group is on break until the Fall)

     All women are invited and are
encouraged to bring a friend.


Thursday Night Men's Study Group - Jessie's Posse

A group of men meet each Thursday at 6:30 PM. They meet in different homes.  For information on where they are meeting on a particular week, contact the church (532-2171 or 

 All men are invited and encouraged to bring a friend.




 New Birth


"You must be born again." Jesus said those words in John 3:7 but what does it mean to be "born again"?  Below is a a link to a webpage "New Birth" from Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.  On that webpage you can choose from 1 of 10 short videos and hear how being "born again" came about in a variety of lives in a variety of ways.






We have two prayer chains.  One is a Phone-tree where pray-ers are notified of prayer requests by phone.  The other is an E-tree where pray-ers are notified of prayer requests by e-mail.
 If you have a prayer request, you may start the Phone-tree by contacting Marilyn Sitton at 532-5626.  
To start the E-tree prayer chain you may email Pastor Matt at   If you want to be included in either of the above prayer chains, simply contact either person and let them know of your interest.


Let us know the dates of your birthday and anniversary.  You can write it on a blue pew card and drop it in the collection box or email the church at:
Contact Us  
First Presbyterian Church
506 South Main
P. O. Box 306
Hillsboro, Illinois 62049
Map  •   Directions
Phone 217 532 2171
Regular Schedule  
Office Hours
  • Office Manager's hours are 8am to Noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
  • Coffee and Donut Fellowship Time starts by 8:30 a.m.
  • Early Worship Service with contemporary music
    – 8:50 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Kids Alive
    – 9:10 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Bible Classes for all ages (adults, youth, and children) at 10:10 a.m.
    – 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Worship Service with traditional music and format
    – 11:10 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Jr. High Youth Fellowship at 6:00 p.m. in our church building, held jointly with the Free Methodist Church
    – 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
  • Sr. High Youth Fellowship at 6:30 p.m., held jointly with the Free Methodist Church at the Free Methodist Church
    – 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM
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KIDS ALIVE meets every Sunday at 9:10 a.m.  After the opening songs are finished children 5th grade and younger are dismissed to Kids Alive.  Kids Alive meets until the first worship service is over and then the children transition to Sunday School, which ends at 10:50 a.m.  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Jessie Huber.  



If you have not gotten an email from the church lately, we don't have your email address.  Please email it to the church office at: and we will send you an email for upcoming events.



Nursery Care is provided for children 5 years of age and younger on the lower level of the church for the Sunday Services.

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We have continuous collections for 

St. John's Breadline:  We collect plastic containers with lids which are used to send home meals for those who are served through St. John's Breadline, a ministry to feed the hungry in Springfield, IL.  There is a collection barrel located on the main floor hallway.  

Shoeman Ministry:  We collect good used shoes to donate to the Shoeman Ministry, who use these shoes to provide for needs in both the United States and various countries in Africa.  For more information on the Shoeman Ministry please go to their website.  There is a collection barrel on the main floor hallway.  We ask that all pair of shoes either have their laces tied together or have a rubber band holding them together.  

Penny Jar / Angel Tree:  We collect loose change in an empty 5 gallon water bottle located on a table in the main hallway. The money collected is used to purchase items for the local Angel Tree ministry which provides Christmas gifts for children in need.  

Food Bank:  We have a grocery shopping cart located in the main hallway where you may drop off food items for the community food bank. The community food bank is located in the Salvation Army Store.  There is a list of the items most needed in the shopping cart, but all food is accepted.  


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